CES 2023 | Lenovo Project Chronos: Concept debuts at CES 2023 with Intel Raptor Lake processor and 7 video outputs
While Lenovo has used this year's CES trade show to showcase numerous upcoming project, CES 2023 also marks the introduction of a concept device by the name of Project Chronos. According to Lenovo, Project Chronos delivers a 'glasses-free, full-body-movement-driven experience' without the need for a motion-capture wearable. Unlike contemporary solutions, Project Chronos uses RGB depth cameras to replicate actions in a virtual environment, which it outputs via DisplayPort or HDMI to an external display.
Lenovo stresses that Project Chronos is compatible with HDMI, but the unit lacks any dedicated HDMI ports. Instead, Project Chronos has three DisplayPort connections, plus a further four Mini DisplayPort connections. Additionally, Lenovo has included two RJ45 ports, two USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-A ports and a DC jack for powering Project Chronos. Project Chronos also has twin 6 W speakers, although it would send audio to a TV or monitor when connected via DisplayPort or Mini DisplayPort. Lenovo notes that the device can rotate its camera by 180 degrees too, supposedly as a privacy measure when Project Chronos is powered off and not in use.
Despite being a concept, Lenovo has disclosed that Project Chronos relies on an Intel Core i7 processor from the latter's new Raptor Lake architecture, a discrete GPU, up to 32 GB of RAM and a 512 GB SSD. Project Chronos runs Windows 10 too, albeit with in-house Chronos pre-installed. All these components fit within a 284 x 275 x 60.6 mm chassis that weighs 3.54 kg, likely because of Project Chronos' metal design. Unfortunately, it remains to be seen whether Lenovo ever intends to sell Project Chronos. However, we imagine that the company will exhibit Project Chronos again by another name at a subsequent trade show if it intends to do so.